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Strike Valley Overlook Trail is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and ohv/off road driving and is best used from March until November.

Length 6.2 mi Elevation gain 400 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Ohv / off road driving

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Wild flowers

No dogs

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Vistas, slickrock adventure, pinyon-juniper woodland, cryptobiotic soil Looking along the Strike Valley at the end of this path is like looking down the back of a gigantic rainbow alligator running all the way from Cathedral Valley in the north to Lake Powell in the south. You won't be able to see nearly that far, but be prepared nonetheless to be awestruck. The layout of this short trail is a fine introduction to the ettiquette of desert hiking. Observe how the trail proceeds over slickrock and up stream courses, avoiding the fragile terrain where the cryptobiotic crust and other delicate desert species wrestle against the elements and your big fat foot to survive. Follow the trail signs carefully. You can add five miles and two hours by starting out from the 2 Wheel Drive Parking Lot. See Saddle Arch for a possible extension.

Capitol Reef National Park, (435) 425-3791

The Capitol Reef Visitor Center is located on Utah 24 between Torrey and Hanksville, Utah. FROM THE VISITOR CENTER: Proceed east on Utah 24, towards Hanksville. At about eight and a half miles, turn right on the Notom-Bullfrog Road. Twenty eight and a half miles south on this well-washboarded road, turn right on Burr Trail. Proceed west on Burr Trail for three miles to a road heading to the right (northeast). FROM BRYCE CANYON/ESCALANTE: Proceed north on Utah 12 to Burr Trail in Boulder. Turn right on Burr Trail. The road is paved for 28 miles to the Capitol Reef NP boundary. Two miles into the park, look for a road heading to the left (northeast). The first mile of this road is passable for 2 WD. Four wheel drive vehicles may drive an additional 2 1/3 mile to a parking area where the trailhead starts. All visitors should sign in at the trail register at the first parking lot. The walk to the trailhead from the 1st lot is easy.

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Bill Garcia
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Great hike with awesome views at the Strike Valley Overlook. I hiked from the 2WD parking lot but my RAV4 could've made it all the way, some guy drove up to it in his mini-van, as did somebody in their Subaru Outback. Hike was very level, my GPS showed 400 feet vertical and I was never aware of any slope. Lots of great rock formations and cliffs along the way, really fun because there was always something to look at.

Ines L.
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nobullshoot .
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definite 4.5 star. The 4x4 experience was cool in the rented Rubicon jeep. The short hike on slick rock was great. the views awesome. This is a no brainer must do. My son climbed the large slick rock dome near the lookout, it can offer some more extreme climbs and views. Because of the pending storm and dark skys the views going on Notom bullfrog to Capital reef produced incredible views and pictures!

Patrick Moran
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The overlook trailhead begins at the end of a 4x4 trail. We made it easily in a Jeep with off road tires. We saw another group make it in just a Hyundai Santa Fe. The hike from the end of the jeep trail is only about a half mile to the overlook. The view is outstanding! You can see the length of the waterpocket fold for miles in both directions. The rock formations along the way are also fantastic.

Jack Tatsch
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This hike is at the end of the Upper Muley Twist Canyon 4X4 Road. A short climb to a scenic vista will reward you with its beauty.

Tina Carrillo
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Carlos (outdoorlos)
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Dan Challis
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Dave Morris
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Sarah Koster
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Michael Hammond
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Holton Grossl
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Bo Luan
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